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The Boulay surname is generally thought to derived from the Old French word "boul," denoting a type of birch tree. As a name it was likely first used by someone living near such trees, or perhaps from a place name derived from the tree name. It has also been suggested that some instances of the Boulay name find their roots in the Old French word "boule" or "ball." In this case the name was likely originally a nickname for someone of a rotund shape. La Boulaye is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France. Fort De La Boulaye, also known as Mississippi Fort was a fort built by the French in 1700, to take control over the Mississippi. Native Americans forced the French to vacate the fort by 1707.

Boulay Early Origins



The surname Boulay was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family first originated, maintaining their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.

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Boulay Spelling Variations


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Boulay Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Boulay, including Boulet, du Boulet, Boulez, Boullet, Boullée, Bouley, Boulay, Boullay, Bouletot, Boulot, Boullot, Boulais, Bouloy, Bouloi, Boulois, Duboulay, Dubouloy, Boul, Boule, Boulle, Boulles, Bouleau, Boulleau and many more.

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Boulay Early History


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Boulay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boulay research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1669, 1773, 1678, 1642, 1732, 1672, 1728, 1799, 1761, 1840, 1861 and 1942 are included under the topic Early Boulay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boulay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boulay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family in this period was César-Egasse du Boulay (died 1678), known as Bulaeus, a French historian; André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), French cabinetmaker who became one of the most important suppliers...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boulay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Boulay has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Boulay were

Boulay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Pierre Octave Boulay, aged 46, who landed in America from Paris, in 1903
  • Jules Boulay, aged 32, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Lucien Pierre Boulay, aged 40, who emigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1912
  • Pierre Boulay, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Borfoune, France, in 1912
  • Josephine Boulay, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Treyes, France, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boulay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boulay (post 1700)



  • Olivier Boulay (b. 1957), French automobile designer
  • Herménégilde Boulay (1861-1942), Canadian politician, farmer, manufacturer, merchant and trader
  • Étienne Boulay (b. 1983), Canadian CFL football safety
  • Roger Houssemayne du Boulay, member of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Boulay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boulay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 December 2015 at 20:51.

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